Science on Tap Celebrates GGC’s STEM Education Initiatives

GGC’s education team, from left, are Dillon Gary, Ashley LaVerdure, Zach Bowens, Hannah Daniel and Leta Tribble.

The Greenwood Genetic Center is planning its fourth annual Gene Week during the first week of October.

The celebration begins at 6 p.m. Oct. 1 on GGC’s campus with “Science on Tap,”: a free community lecture series.

The event will feature Leta Tribble, PhD, Director of Education at the Greenwood Genetic Center.

She will present “Genes and Gasoline: Genetics Education on the Road.”

GGC is launching its 10th year of outreach education with the Gene Machine mobile science lab.

To date, over 67,000 students have participated in the Center’s innovative hands-on activities which are brought directly to their schools by the Gene Machine bus and the newer Helix Express cargo van.

“Our mobile lab program is our most visible outreach initiative that not only provides engaging activities that teach genetics concepts, but also encourages students to consider careers in this fast-growing field,” said Tribble.

“Our outreach programs have been so well received by teachers and students across SC, and we’re excited to be able to share our program successes with our community, as well as offer the opportunity for attendees to participate in hands-on activities just like our students.”

Following Tribble’s presentation, the Center’s education team will lead a brief laboratory experiment as well as a virtual reality activity.

The public is invited, and the event is free to attend. Students in middle or high school are also welcome, and light refreshments will be provided.

Gene Week will conclude on Oct. 5 with the ninth annual Race the Helix 5K and 1 mile run/walk.

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Submitted by Lori Bassett